After I got my Android Samsung Note, one of my favorite pass-times was bashing the iPads some of my friends own. Talking about widgets, multiprocessing, overlay apps were some of my favorite punches. The fun continued for quite a few days, until one of my friends asked me if my Android supported gestures.
For the moment I stayed silent because I didn’t know what to say. But when I came home, all I had in mind was to research on how to get those damn gestures on my Android tablet. It only took me a few minutes to discover an app called GMD Gesture Control using which one could get iPad or iOS like gestures on Android smartphones and tablets. The only requirement to use the app was that the device should be rooted. Frankly speaking, the soul reason I rooted my Samsung Note 10.1 was because I wanted to use GMD Gesture Control on it.
GMD Gesture Control comes in two versions: Lite and Pro. The only difference between the two versions is that in the latter you can create your personal gestures while in the former you will have to use some of the default gestures provided by the developer. In the article, we will be talking about the Pro version though.
As soon as you install the app, you can go ahead and start using it. Sometimes, the app might say that it’s not able to detect multi-touch on your device even when your hardware supports it. The best thing you can do is try installing the app again. The app services may have difficulty initially in gaining root access and simple reinstall is usually able to fix it. However, if that’s’ not working, you will have to read FAQ no. 1 in the app help section. You can also contact the developer to get the problem solved. I too had to contact the developer and got my solution within 24 hours.
After the app is initialized, you can go ahead and start using the gestures that it provides. If the app has some problem in understanding your gestures, you can fix it from the Advanced tab. The app comes with a launchpad which automatically records the last apps you used on your device, which could be then popped over any app to quickly start another one.
Some of the gestures you can try on your tablet are
Pinch 4 fingers – Home gesture
Swipe 3 fingers down – Back gesture
Swipe 3 fingers up – Bottom recent application bar
As I already mentioned, the pro version also supports custom gestures but adding a new one is not as easy as it is to add a new gesture in other apps. Instead of drawing the gestures, you will have to manually input the values of touch and the type of gesture you would perform with your fingers. It took me a few minutes to understand how to add a gesture and I think if you try hard, you will be able to pull it off. You can also disable these gestures on specific apps (games like Temple Run) to avoid confusion.
After installing GMD gesture control when I joined my friends over a coffee, I not only showed them how I could use iPad like gestures on my Android but also how I could add new personal gestures they can’t even think of integrating on their iPad. Like a boss!!